Search to start for top young farmer
The Macra/FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018, in association with the IFA, will launch on Monday.
The aim of the competition is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country.
Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep and others (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) will compete to be named best in their field, with the winner of each sector then competing to be crowned the overall champion. Entrants are judged according to criteria including farm business initiative and innovation, levels of farm efficiency and enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness, as well as agricultural knowledge and community involvement. Young Farmer of the Year 2017 PJ O’Keefe will host a farm walk on the day of the launch at 2pm on his farm in Callan, Co Kilkenny.
PJ, a member of Callan Macra, was bestowed with the honour at a gala banquet in Co Mayo last November He took the prestigious title following an interview process and on-farm judges’ visit. Those wishing to attend the farm walk can register at macra.ie/macra-skillnet.
Donoughmore Macra’s men’s basketball team with Macra national president James Healy.
PJ O’Keeffe, Callan, Kilkenny, 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of Year.